The Grocer’s Wife

Canada 1991. Dir: John Pozer. 100 min. DCP

John Pozer’s audacious no-budget film, the first feature made by a UBC film student, launched the West Coast Wave of the 1990s; its crew included a notable number of fellow students who would become feature filmmakers themselves, including Mina Shum, Bruce Sweeney, Reg Harkema, Lynne Stopkewich, and Ross Weber! “Set in the industrial hell of Trail, B.C., The Grocer’s Wife is a decidedly bent comic drama about a young man who spends his days checking the emissions from the town’s giant smoke stack. After his domineering mother dies from the pollution, his life takes a bizarre turn when an itinerant American stripper moves into her bedroom. To make matters worse, the local grocer’s wife lusts after him” (Take One’s Essential Guide to Canadian Film). The cast includes Simon Webb, Andrea Rankin, Susinn McFarlen, Jay Brazeau, and (in the title role) Nicola Cavendish. The film won Genies for best first feature and supporting actress (Cavendish). DCP courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.


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Stroke
Canada 1993. Dir: Mark Sawers. 16 min. 35mm

A highly-driven executive is overly-reliant on technology in this Cannes-selected, Genie-nominated short black comedy from Vancouver writer-director and UBC grad Sawers. The cinematography is by Gregory Middleton.

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Guest in attendance: John Pozer, Jay Brazeau, Nicola Cavendish, Susinn McFarlen, Simon Webb.

Introduced by Tom Scholte, award-winning Vancouver stage and screen actor and Professor, Acting and Directing, Department of Theatre and Film, UBC.